Sklar Research, Reports & Articles

Top 5 Emerging Healthcare Innovations

Posted by Jessica Chiappelli on May 1, 2017 9:00:00 AM

As technological advances in healthcare evolve, innovations abound – in the form of digital heath tools, new programs, analytic platforms, and database systems. Those in the industry willing to embrace these new developments are able to grow and prosper.

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Topics: Insider, Research, Healthcare, Technology

Bridging The Gap in Patient Safety

Posted by Jessica Chiappelli on Apr 19, 2017 10:30:00 AM

While most healthcare providers and hospitals do their best to ensure the safety of their patients, safety concerns continue to be an ongoing challenge worldwide. According to the World Health Organization, “one in ten patients are harmed whilst receiving health care.”¹ Facilities aiming to produce better outcomes and patient satisfaction must have patient safety as their top priority—for both the organization and the patients.

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Topics: Sklar, Care & Cleaning, Research, Healthcare, Surgical Instruments, Patient Safety

The Epigenome and its Role in Cancer Treatment

Posted by Marielba Cancel on Mar 10, 2017 11:25:50 AM

What is the epigenome?


The epigenome is a mixture of chemical compounds and proteins that attach to DNA and tell the genome what to do. It turns genes on or off, controlling the production of proteins in a particular cell.1 These chemical compounds modify cell division, and may be inherited. Recent studies, however, show that environmental influences, such as diet and exposure to pollutants, can alter the epigenome.2 The epigenome is what makes each individual unique. It is what makes some of us have darker or lighter skin, controls the color and texture of our hair, and explains why some people are more introverted while others are extroverts.3

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Topics: Sklar, Research, Healthcare, Surgical Instruments, World Cancer Day

4 Basic Types of Surgical Instruments

Posted by Marielba Cancel on Mar 7, 2017 8:51:38 AM

Surgical instruments are specially designed tools that assist health care professionals carry out specific actions during an operation. Most instruments crafted from the early 19th century on are made from durable stainless steel. Some are designed for general use, and others for specific procedures. There are many surgical instruments available for almost any specialization in medicine. There are precision instruments used in microsurgery, ophthalmology and otology. Most surgical instruments can be classified into these 4 basic types:

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Topics: Sklar, Sterile Disposables, Research, Healthcare, Single-use Instruments, Surgical Instruments

Surgical Intervention for Chronic Otitis Media

Posted by Marielba Cancel on Feb 23, 2017 9:14:17 AM

Acute ear infections affect one in ten people worldwide, and children aged five and under account for half of the cases. Five percent of those with the acute stage eventually develop chronic otitis media (COM) with a significant portion of patients under age five.1 This condition is a persistent infection which does not heal properly and oftentimes does not respond to medical treatment. In these cases, surgical intervention may be required to get rid of the infection.

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Topics: Sklar, Research, Healthcare, Single-use Instruments, Surgical Instruments, ENT

3 Historical Advancements in Ophthalmology

Posted by Marielba Cancel on Feb 15, 2017 9:26:36 AM

The Early Years

What is known today as ophthalmology dates back to the Bronze Age. Initial written documentation regarding the eyes was recorded in 2250 B.C. Hammurabi, The king of Babylon, declared a series of laws with important instructions specifically directed to those who dared handle the eyes in a careless way. One entry reads: “If a man destroy the eye of another man, they shall destroy his eye.”1

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Topics: Sklar, Research, Surgical Instruments, Ophthalmology

Join World Cancer Day and the We Can I Can movement.

Posted by Marielba Cancel on Jan 31, 2017 10:00:05 AM

World Cancer Day (WCD)1 is on February 4. Sklar needs your help in spreading awareness, tips on prevention and the need for further research.

WCD began 17 years ago on February 4, 2000. It was established by the Paris Charter at the World Summit Against Cancer for the New Millennium in Paris. The Charter‘s main goal is to promote worldwide awareness, prevention, and further research of this illness to find a cure. By creating global networks and alliances made up of leading professional organizations around the world, the Charter aims to upgrade services provided to patients, sensitize common opinion and mobilize the global community against cancer. The last article of the Charter establishes February 4 as World Cancer Day.

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Topics: Sklar, Research, Healthcare, World Cancer Day

The Vaginal Speculum: from its unearthed secrets to our modern times

Posted by Marielba Cancel on Jan 9, 2017 11:02:48 AM

Homeopathic remedies, excavated tools, sexual taboos, questionable medical ethics of testing on slaves, and handful of influential physicians have paved the way for the modern instrument of today.

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Topics: Sklar, Research, Healthcare, Single-use Instruments, OB/GYN

The Dark Corners of Surgical Dentistry's Origins

Posted by Marielba Cancel on Dec 14, 2016 11:00:53 AM

Early Man

The history of dentistry dates back to the origins of man. Stone-age humans suffered tooth decay from excessive wearing of the teeth, owing to powerful jaw muscles and a harsh diet filled with sand and grit from their grinding bowls. The remains of prehistoric teeth show extensive wear and even bone loss, which is indicative of gingivitis.1 Even though there is evidence showing that primitive humans suffered from toothaches and gum-related maladies, there is no documentation about dentistry being practiced in antiquity. The earliest historical record for treating dental woes dates from the year 7000 BC. The civilization of the Indus Valley was the first to show evidence of treating tooth decay. 

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Topics: Sklar, Research, Dentistry

Free CE Course Designed for Physicians, Nurses, Sterile Processing Technicians & Central Supply Specialists

Posted by Marielba Cancel on Dec 8, 2016 9:35:10 AM


Sklar believes that education is the most important tool anyone can have, and educating healthcare professionals has always been a top priority for us. Many hours and collective effort have gone in the development of our free CE course, and it makes us proud to have you take advantage of it.

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Topics: Sklar, Sterile Disposables, Research, Healthcare, Single-use Instruments